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Make your Home a Winter Wonderland for the Holidays

Posted by Rachel Karl

Dec 2, 2014


No matter what holiday you celebrate, it’s always fun to decorate your home during the
winter season. While we’d love to be able to offer a siding that changes color on a whim - blue and silver during Hanukkah and red and green on Christmas - that hasn’t been invented yet. Instead, we’re here to give you some fun ideas for your outdoor wintertime home decoration.

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String lights are the traditional holiday decoration. You can get them in pretty much any color, length and style. Instead of stringing them all over your house only, light up the natural assets surrounding your home. Wrap outdoor string lights around trees, grape vines, your hedges, and any other beautiful space you’d like to highlight.

Another outdoor lighting idea is to get glowing holiday orbs and scatter them around the yard, hiding them under bushes and benches, brightening up a bird bath, or creating a glowing snowman.

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You can, of course, go all out with a snow machine. But, many of us have neither the resources nor the inclination to create the powdery stuff. Instead, you can create a snowman by decorating a white faux tree or gluing glowing outdoor orbs together and decorating them. You can also get an overlarge jar, paint a cute face on it and fill it with white string lights.It doesn’t snow here in San Mateo. We at Peninsula Siding know this. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t make our own snowmen and snow.

There are a number of different kinds of outdoor fake snow that can be purchased. You can also go traditional and use mashed potato flakes or soap flakes.

Even though it’s the Bay Area, we say “Let it snow!”

Lead the Way

Not only is a bright walkway seasonal, it’s also safe for your holiday guests. There are a number of ways to brighten the path to your home.You can:

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  • Set up battery operated outdoor pillar candles at the corners of steps to make the way nice and bright.
  • Line the path with small vases holding votive candles and filled with cranberries or beads. 
  • Use glowing orbs to light the way along your front walk.
  • Decorate hedges lining your walkway with net lights.
Even if you are considering brightening your walk just for the holiday season, remember that it’s a good idea to ensure your walkway is well-lit all year round.

Stun them with your Entrance

The front door and patio area are always the easiest to decorate with seasonal notes. Wreaths, oversized candy canes, and battery powered candles can turn your front door and porch into a winter wonderland.

You can celebrate the season with natural decorations like pine boughs, poinsettias, and pinecones. On top of these you can add faux snow, wire stars, or bright ribbons. There are generally many wonderful decorations to choose from when it comes to brightening up the entrance to your home.

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Have Fun with it

One of the wonderful things about living in California is that we can often have indoor/outdoor celebrations all year round. Have fun with all your decorations by hosting a holiday barbecue early in the season.  Enjoy your outdoor space before it gets too wet or chilly to do much outdoors.

This is the time of year for family, friends, and looking to the future. If you or someone you know is planning to update their home, be sure to contact us or forward this article along. We are happy to help!

We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

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